My two oldest boys get on each other’s nerves something fierce these days. Recently, however, the fights were different. Tensions were high because of a deep mistrust that had burrowed itself into the mind of my eldest. Every word spoken and every action taken by his brother brought him to the brink of a tantrum because he felt like his brother was “out to get” him.
During a particularly hard day when everyone in the family had gotten frustrated with his attitude, he wailed to his dad, “I feel like everyone is against me” and it finally clicked.
My little boy was believing lies.
You see, we have this enemy who wants to devour and destroy anything good in the lives of our boys. He does not want them growing up with a strong bond of brotherly love, and he will do what it takes to tear that bond apart.
Lies were being whispered into the mind of my son: lies about the motivations of his younger brother, lies about the intents of his parents, lies about his own worth. These lies found a fertile breeding place in his unprotected mind, and the insecurity bred there moved down into his heart, turning him into an anxious, hypersensitive, reactive little boy.
His actions stemmed from his heart, which is informed by his thoughts.
It was time for him to learn how to put on his armor.
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